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Domains Explained

One of the most important preconditions for building a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will perceive first when they discover your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain typically is composed of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to selecting the domain you desire. Your pick should rest on the intention of your site and on its target spectators. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domains meant to express a specific intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would explain the objective of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra steps to verify that you are eligible to own such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your site's visitors to a given website like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the possibility of somebody stealing your website visitors by registering the same name with a different TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across good website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current provider's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of name servers, all its domain name server records will point to the same website hosting provider. Some website hosting providers, however, allow you to modify certain domain name records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which details on which web server your website is located, whereas the MX records display which server tackles the email address accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may want to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mails or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more reliable.

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Just a small number of web hosting suppliers permit you to edit certain domain name records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get a wide array of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional cost.